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post #1 of 7 Old 07-26-2008, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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16t front sprocket for '08.

Has anybody put one on an '08? Where did you get it?

Will an earlier model work?
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-01-2008, 05:06 AM
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I used Sprocket Specialists #613-16 on my '08. It was $31. Their web site shows it fits the '90 to '04 KLR. Their application table is way out of date but they seem to make a nice sprocket.
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-05-2008, 10:16 AM
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I haven't bought the 16t yet, but I did drop the rear to 40t. that changed final ratio from 2.876:1 to 2.667:1. It has relaxed rpm at any given speed in each gear. I like it much better now and still will go even taller with a16/40 combo for final drive ratio at 2.50:1.
Note; I have a ktm for the woods, I commute on this KLR and I'm getting 60 mpg on back roads averaging speeds in the 50mph range.
I don't lug my engine, but I do try to run between 2.8k and 4k rpm. Hi-test fuel keeps the spark knock under control.
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-06-2008, 07:44 PM
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Good info Kent.We are selling Kays strom and I thought I would set up an 08/9 for the long haul for her.She currently rides an 05 and I will keep it the way it is.I will probably lower the bike and would like to change the sprokets also.Have you run the thing down the road/mountains with any kind of load equivalent to a trip load? I would worry about underpowering the bike with to much weight with both sproket changes thou.Especially if we load up for the long hauls.wouldn't do much good if you continually had to flog it to keep up
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-07-2008, 08:19 AM
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klrmike, I have been riding my 80# grandson alot with no problems. The taller gearing makes the bike much better on the road. The gearbox is much more usable. stock ratio has you in high gear at 35mph or so, then it;s a matter of revving the engine at speed.
why are ya'll selling the v-strom?
I just noticed you are in wva. I am leaving here (jasper, ga.) at 10am today to head up there to Summit Point raceway for the WERA national series 6 hour endurance race. I crew for a 600 sbk team. Then on monday we are gonna ride hatfeild/mccoy trails. Never ridden there yet.
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-09-2011, 07:44 PM
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I have an '09 that I just put a 16 tooth sprocket that I bought new on e-bay from thumper jockey for $11.00 plus $5.00 shipping. I absolutely LOVE it, I ride mainly to and from work (54 miles one way at 70mph). It lowered my rpm about 600 rpm at 70 I still have plenty of bottom end (no wheelies though). The bike is way more pleasant to ride at highway speeds.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-09-2011, 10:18 PM
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I've been running a 16 tooth front for a couple of years now. Knocks about 400 rpm @ 60 mph compared to the OEM 15.

Rocky Mt. Primary Drive 16 tooth front sprocket $8.99. The Primary Drive sprockets and chains are great quality, I've used them for years on all my bikes including high power dirt bikes.
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